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Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney
  

Hello from the Gillespies

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If you have not yet discovered this lovely author you are seriously missing out. She is astute, poignant, warm and witty especially when it comes to the interchange between siblings and the dynamics of family life. The joy with this lot is that they live on an Australian sheep farm. For the last 33 years Angela has sent a Christmas round robin letter to family and friends giving an up-beat slant to their lives. This year she is tired and listless, she writes a fictitious letter slating some family members and inventing lives for others. Her husband inadvertently sends it out without reading it. The repercussions are at the heart of this terrific romp which has very serious undertones. Highly recommended despite the ending rather fizzling out.

If you like Monica McInerney you might also like to read books by Amanda Brookfield, Cathy Kelly and Adriana Trigiani.

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Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney

International number one bestseller Monica McInerney brings us a sparkling and hilarious new novel about the ups and downs of family life. For the last thirty years, Angela Gillespie's annual Christmas letter has been full of her family's triumphs. But this year Angela surprises everyone, including herself - she tells the truth. Angela's husband is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Her grown-up daughters are more out of control than ever. And her youngest child spends all of his time talking to an imaginary friend. With fantasy thoughts of a life before marriage and motherhood becoming more than just an innocent daydream, Angela's real life is slowly slipping out of focus. But, as the repercussions of her ruthlessly honest letter begin to pile up, a shocking event takes Angela from her family, and she realises she should have been more careful of what she wished for..

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'McInerney is an expert in portraying the nuances and complications of family life.'

-Red

'You'll be laughing out loud one minute and crying the next.'

-Cosmopolitan

'[McInerney] brings Maeve Binchy readily to mind Sydney Morning Herald Such a brilliant 'what if'..idea. A gloriously fascinating and heart-warming book you can totally lose yourself in. Once you start, you'll find it very, very hard to put down.'

-Cathy Kelly

About the Author

Monica McInerney grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia. She has lived all around Australia and in Ireland and England. Her novels are bestsellers in Australia and Ireland and are published in translation in Europe. Those Faraday Girls won the General Fiction Book of the Year in 2008 in Australia. At Home With The Templetons was shortlisted at the 2010 Irish Book Awards in the Eason Popular Book of the Year category. Monica and her Irish husband now live in Dublin.

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Publication date

6th November 2014

Author

Monica McInerney

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
528 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781405914154

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